Typhoon Quinta (Molave) moved over the Mindoro Strait late Monday morning, October 26, leaving the landmass of Luzon, where it made landfall 5 times.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 11 am bulletin on Monday that Quinta is now 125 kilometers north of Coron, Palawan, or 120 kilometers west southwest of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.
The typhoon is still moving west at 25 kilometers per hour (km/h), a direction it will maintain until Monday afternoon, according to PAGASA. Afterwards, it will turn west northwest toward the western boundary of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), where it will exit on Tuesday morning, October 27.
So far, Quinta has maintained its strength, with maximum sustained winds of 125 km/h and gustiness of up to 150 km/h. But now that the typhoon is over water, PAGASA said it is forecast to re-intensify and may reach its peak intensity within 24 to 48 hours. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
Several areas remain under tropical cyclone wind signals as of 11 am on Monday. Most have been removed from the list or downgraded.
Destructive typhoon-force winds will persist in the northwestern part of Occidental Mindoro, the lone area left under Signal No. 3, while damaging gale to storm-force winds will be felt in areas under Signal No. 2 and strong breeze to near gale conditions in areas under Signal No. 1.
Strong breeze to gale conditions from a northeasterly surge will also continue in these areas:
In terms of rainfall, Quinta and the tail-end of a frontal system will be bringing more rain for the rest of Monday. Affected areas remain at risk of floods and landslides.
Quinta earlier made landfall in the country 5 times.
Image from PAGASA
PAGASA no longer issued a warning for potential storm surges late Monday morning. But it warned that travel is still risky for all types of sea vessels in these waters:
Elsewhere in the country, those with small vessels should take precautionary measures, while "inexperienced mariners" should avoid sailing at this time, said PAGASA.
Meanwhile, PAGASA has just spotted a new low pressure area (LPA) outside PAR, at 1,920 kilometers east of Southern Luzon.
The state weather bureau said the LPA may enter PAR on Wednesday, October 28, or Thursday morning, October 29.
So far, it is "less likely" to develop into a tropical depression, at least in the next 48 hours.
Quinta is the Philippines' 17th tropical cyclone for 2020, and the 4th for October.
An average of 20 tropical cyclones form within or enter PAR each year. (READ: LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2020)
These are PAGASA's latest estimates for the number of tropical cyclones inside PAR in the next 6 months: